Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR) has made a strategic investment in Blackshark.ai, a provider of geospatial analytics services powered by artificial intelligence, as part of efforts to bring additional 3D geospatial products to more markets and customers.
“We’re excited to partner with Blackshark.ai to extend our geospatial analytics offering and bring a AAA video-game quality 3D digital twin of our planet to market,” Dan Nord, senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Earth Intelligence at Maxar, said in a statement published Tuesday.
Blackshark.ai’s platform could help create a 3D digital representation of the world by processing petabytes of satellite imagery within hours and detecting and segmenting vegetation, roads and other infrastructure on the planet’s surface without human intervention.
Under the partnership, Blackshark.ai will develop a 3D map for government and enterprise customers in mixed reality, simulation, metaverse and gaming, among other industries, using Maxar’s Vivid cloudless satellite imagery basemap.
Nord added that the integration of Blackshark.ai algorithms with Vivid basemap will enable Maxar to expand its client base by complementing its Precision3D suite with the lighterweight option.